Cindy's Country Mix

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Pocket Door

Currently, our kitchen looks like this!  I neglected to keep you updated with the progress.

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My husband and son are preparing to install a pocket door.  The door will replace this section of removed wall.

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The door will lead from the kitchen into my future studio.  This is how my studio looks today. It’s basically a storage area!

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This morning, my husband ordered the counter tops. We can continue to work on the kitchen while we wait for the counter tops to be built.  Not all upper cabinets are installed, yet.

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Not My Husband’s Favorite

Plumbing is not my husband’s favorite thing to do.  It tends to lead to more work.  Pipes get corroded and sometimes break while you work on them.  Or other miscellaneous problems occur.  That was not the case this time as he moved our pipes from the floor to the wall.

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As usual, when he took the drywall off of the wall, he discovered something.  We are always discovering ‘something’.  This time, it was a good thing!  We found that our exterior walls are built with 2×6’s.  Since we live in Phoenix, that is a good thing.

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This means that our walls are R-19 for insulation.  You can never have too much insulation, right?

My husband cut a hole in the floor so he wouldn’t have to go under the house to do the plumbing change.  You can see where the pipes used to be and where they are now.  When he cut the hole in the floor he discovered gray pipes that went nowhere.  They are what is left of the original plumbing which has all been replaced with CPVC pipe.  Remember, this is a manufactured home built in 1985.

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Our son showed up again, which made for some quick work. Yes, those windows are on a list to be replaced!

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Doesn’t my husband do a nice, tidy job?  The kitchen is getting closer to the mud stage.  I hate that part.  Dust EVERYWHERE!

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I am looking forward to the finished product.  Am I being patient?  Not really.

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South and West Walls

Now that we have caught up considerably, let me show you what we are currently doing.  A few days ago, my son came over and helped to demolish the south and west walls of our kitchen.

I emptied all of the cabinets and put the items who knows where?  Anywhere that I could find space, that’s where!  Then the cabinets came out.

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My husband and son work well together and had the cabinets out in a very short time!

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Our city has a wonderful free program.  Once every three months they have a bulk pick up of any large items that you want to get rid of.  We were able to get our kitchen broken up and at the street for the next day’s pick up.  20140805cabinetsAtCurb

The trash is gone and we are on to the next project – moving the indoor plumbing from the floor to the wall.  Stay tuned, folks, MacGyver lives here.

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More Kitchen Work

The guest room work got put on hold as soon as the kitchen cabinets were delivered.  The guest room was the only space that we had room for storing all of the cabinets!  I should have been blogging all of this, but I just didn’t.  No excuses.  This will be a quick catch up post.

These are the old cabinets that were removed.  I see by this picture that I am really behind!  The wood floors have all been removed, also.

Old Cabinets. North wall.

Old Cabinets. North wall.

My husband added some electrical outlets and moved others.  He patched all the holes and also removed the laminate flooring which had two layers of tile below it.

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These are the IKEA cabinets installed on the north wall.  Later will come trim and molding.

Cabinets installed.

Cabinets installed.

He built out a table for eating in the kitchen.  The wood top is temporary until the counter tops are installed when the entire kitchen is done.

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The tile that you see on the floor, now, is there for leveling.  The home is not level.  We had a company come out to level it which they did.  However, he told us that the home has settled over the years and cannot get any more level.  So, my husband used layers of tile on the floor in an area that bothered him in particular.  The tiles won’t be visible once the flooring is installed over it.  He is very resourceful.

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Kitchen Demo

We had company come for a week and so we put things on hold while we enjoyed them.  After they left, we ripped out one side of the kitchen.  We’ve already been living without an oven (it didn’t work) and range (it had a gas leak).  We moved the microwave to a desk in the entry way.  All of our meals are raw or cooked by microwave.

I removed the contents of the cabinets.  My husband removed the microwave and oven.

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Then we ripped it all off of the wall and made a trip to the refuse transfer station (dump).

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The electrical was quite convoluted.  My husband had to discern what was what and straighten it all out.  He simplified and moved the outlets.  Also, repaired the drywall.

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Manufactured homes are delivered and installed in sections.  Ours is two sections.  The floor was low between the dining room and kitchen right where the two halves meet.  My husband took up the floor to see if there was damage to the sub-floor.  Thankfully, there is not.  He has called a leveler to come and level our home for us.

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We just bought the big screen TV to console ourselves.  😉  It’s almost embarrassing to show pictures like this.  But, it’s a process.  Things will change.  Won’t they?

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